From outer space to NoHo, Dan Goods’ career inspires

Dan Goods, artist and visual strategist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was named “One of the most interesting people in Los Angeles” by LA Weekly.

Lucky for us, Dan Goods is the special keynote speaker for this spring’s Creative Conversations on April 12 at the NoHo Arts Center. Called “Curate Your Career,” this edition of the Creative Conversations event is all about inspiring emerging leaders to move forward with their aspirations, while supplying them with the tools and resources to make it happen.

Dan is a perfect example of someone who took his passion and skill in the arts and transformed it into an exciting and rewarding career. In a TEDx Talk entitled Seeing the Unseen Dan said, “I never imagined that a goofy little kid from Salem, Ore., could get to work at NASA.”

His story is one that is sure to light a spark in all of us, as it shows that all paths can lead to career happiness, even if it is an unexpected path.

Dan currently develops creative ways of communicating for JPL and transforms complex concepts into meaningful stories that can be universally understood. His work has been on display in public spaces, art museums and even outer space. He has created installations for JPL about finding planets around other stars, including one where he drilled a hole into a grain of sand. He has been featured in Forbes Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. He co-chaired a workshop on collaborations between artists and space scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center in the Bay Area and received a Silver International Design Excellence Award for the eCLOUD sculpture at the Mineta San Jose International Airport.

“My passion is to create experiences in people’s lives where they get a moment of awe about the universe that we live in,” said Dan during his TEDx Talk. “We should all be able to express our human potential.”

Join Dan and other emerging leaders at Creative Conversations on April 12 to discover and express your potential and curate a career you can be passionate about.

This post was submitted by Brittany Gash.

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